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Juris Corp draws senior associate back to private practice from ICICI

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One of Juris Corp's senior associates has rejoined the firm after a three year stint in-house at ICICI Bank and in the last three months the firm has also taken on six lawyers from law school and two junior lawyers returning after completing LLMs abroad.

Veena Sivaramakrishnan had left Juris Corp as a senior associate in November 2006 to gain experience as an in-house lawyer. She has now rejoined the firm's derivative department as a senior associate on 1 July.

Explaining her initial move in-house, she said: "I wanted to see the market from a client's perspective and I wanted more training to understand the reasons banks do what they do."

In her time at ICICI she had spent several months in the bank's Canadian office. Sivaramakrishnan said that although being part of the bank's legal team was very exciting, she only realised that she watned to return to private practice after a secondment at US law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.

"It was really the charm of being in a law firm," she explained and added that working in a law firm gives greater exposure to different types of work and clients than working in-house at a bank could.

Juris Corp has also taken on six new graduate hires from law schools, all of whom had spent up to eight weeks with the firm as interns before being offered positions as associates.

Three joined from Government Law College Mumbai, two from Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) Raipur and one from Symbiosis Law College in Pune.

Juris Corp derivatives partner Hoshedar Wadia (pictured) said: "The good thing is that they all know the style of our functioning. All are familiar and all enjoy what we've done here. At least we know that they'll hit the ground running.

"As a policy, in fact, for the past three years we have not gone to campus to recruit but we encourage people to come for internships." He added that the firm's main strategy on campus was to participate in education seminars, to raise awareness of the firm and the type of work it does.

Two first-year associates have also returned to Juris Corp three months ago after completing an LLM in Singapore.

Juris Corp was started in 2000 with a strong focus on finance but has since diversified into other legal areas, although financial institutions still make up the vast majority of its clients.

Around 46 qualified lawyers currently work at the firm in Mumbai, of whom two are the founding equity partners and five are salaried partners who were promoted this time last year.

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